Irish Culture & Heritage Blog

  • Irish Pagan School Est. 2017

    The Irish Pagan School was founded in 2017 to provide a space for native Irish teachers and those dedicated to Irish Paganism to share in an authentic connection to Ireland and its spiritual practices.
  • “Encourage young people and they will get there.”

    The Irish language is often remarked upon for it's poetic turn of phrase and that is no more obvious in the sean fhocail - or 'old words'. Sean fhocail are well known sentences that some might see as cliché, but when each one of them is considered in more than just passing, the deeper wisdom and cultural insights can be glimpsed.
  • Ogham Series - Fios - Knowledge / Wisdom

    Fios is the Irish word for knowledge, but unlike eolas this words speak more to visionary wisdom, carnal knowledge and in some circles a second sight.
  • Ogham Series - Sonas - Good Fortune

    Combining this ancient script with the words from the living Irish language our Ogham series hopes to bring new energy and awareness to both.

    Sonas is the Irish word for good fortune, good luck, and unsurprisingly, happiness.
  • Ogham Series - Bua - Victory

    Bua is the Irish word for Victory, but it can also be applied in a number of other ways, describing a persons talent, merit, some special quality, or even their destiny or lot in life.
  • The Ogham Series - Neart - Strength

    Ogham is the first written script of Ireland. Combining this ancient script with the words from the living Irish language our Ogham series hopes to bring new energy and awareness to both.

    Neart is the Irish word for Strength, but it can also be read as force or power.
  • Ogham Series - Misneach - Courage

    Misneach is the Irish word for courage. Unlike many other Irish words there does not appear to be alternative meanings to this term. The concept of courage is something that many would see as a fundamental facet of the human condition, as core to our existence as fear.
  • Ogham Series - Sláinte - Health

    Sláinte is the Irish word for health. It speaks to a total form of well being that is not just about the physical. This term is one of the more famous Irish words that is heard time and again around the globe wherever folk gather and raise glasses in a toast. As with a lot of Irish language, there is a deeper meaning to our words.
  • The Well-Fed Does Not Understand The Lean.

    All over our world, people are starved of recognition, compassion, acceptance, and shockingly hundred of years on, basic food and water. We pride ourselves on the marvels of our modern world and its technological progressiveness, but all of these advances are still benefiting only a potion of our world and leaving the rest to suffer and struggle for their very survival.
  • Under the shelter of each other, people survive. - Sean Fhocail Series

    The Irish language is often remarked upon for it's poetic turn of phrase and that is no more obvious in the sean fhocail - or 'old words'. Sean fhocail are well known sentences that some might see as cliché, but when each one of them is considered in more than just passing, the deeper wisdom and cultural insights can be glimpsed.

    Ar scáth a chéile, a mhaireann na daoine translates as "Under the shelter of each other, people survive."
  • Sean Fhocail Series: Nuair a Bhíonn an Fíon Istigh, Bíonn an Ciall Amuigh!

    The Irish language is often remarked upon for it's poetic turn of phrase and that is no more obvious in the sean fhocail - or 'old words'. Sean fhocail are well known sentences that some might see as cliché, but when each one of them is considered in more than just passing, the deeper wisdom and cultural insights can be glimpsed.

    Nuair a Bhíonn an Fíon Istigh, Bíonn an Ciall Amuigh!
  • Is fearr Gaeilge briste, ná Béarla cliste - Broken Irish is better than clever English.

    Today Irish still lives as Ireland still has a number of local areas known as  'Gaeltacht' where the Irish language is the main language used but it is still in danger. As such any time even a few words as gaeilge (in Irish) pass our lips we are each of us doing something to keep it alive.